Nigeria Ends Commonwealth Games With 24 Medals

Nigeria’s Oluwatobiloba Amusan celebrates with flag after winning the athletics women’s 100m hurdles final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 13, 2018. PHOTO: SAEED KHAN/AFP

 

Team Nigeria has ended its campaign at the Commonwealth Games with 24 medals after Aruna Quadri won silver in the men’s table-tennis singles.

Nigeria finished the games in Gold Coast with nine golds, nine silvers and six bronze medals to place ninth on the log behind Australia, England, India, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Wales and Scotland.

The Para Athletes accounted for five of the top podium placements while wrestling had three and athletics one.

Nigeria placed eighth at the 2014 games with 36 medals.

Tobi Amusan had on Friday struck gold in the women’s 100m hurdles clocking 12.68 Seconds. This increased Nigeria’s medal haul to eight gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

(L-R) Silver medallist Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna, gold medallist Singapore’s Gao Ning and bronze medallist India’s Sharath Achanta pose during the podium ceremony for the men’s singles table tennis event at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford Studios venue in Gold Coast on April 15, 2018.
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Gold medalist, Odunayo Adekuoroye clinched first gold for the country in the women’s wrestling freestyle 57kg  after defeating India’s Pooja Dhanda with a 7-5 victory by points.

Blessing Oborududu also claimed the second gold medal after staging a terrific comeback from a 3-0 deficit to beat Canada’s Danielle Lappage 4-3 in the women’s freestyle 68kg.

Para-athlete Suwaibidu Galadima led from the start to finish to win gold in the men’s the men’s T47 100m final with a time of 11.04s.

Amas Daniel won bronze coming from 4-0 down to equal it at 4-4 against South Africa’s Terry Van Rensburg, winning bronze in men’s freestyle 65kg.

Aminat Adeniyi won gold in the women’s wrestling 62kg freestyle Nordic, while Melvin Bibo and Mercy Genesis both added silver and bronze to the wrestling medals pool.

Faith Obazuaye settled for silver in the women’s para-table tennis.

The quartet of Patience Okon-George, Glory Nathaniel, Praise Idamadudu and Yinka Ajayi won silver in the women’s 4x400m relay.

Sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare led Nigeria’s women’s 4x100m relay team to win bronze.

Team Nigeria Get More Medals In Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria’s Ogunlewe, Adegoke Through To 100m Final

 

Team Nigeria has increased its medals haul at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to 23 comprising 9 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze medals.

Aminat Adeniyi won gold in the women’s wrestling 62kg freestyle Nordic, while Melvin Bibo and Mercy Genesis both added silver and bronze to the wrestling medals pool.

Faith Obazuaye settled for silver in the women’s para-table tennis.

The quartet of Patience Okon-George, Glory Nathaniel, Praise Idamadudu and Yinka Ajayi won silver in the women’s 4x400m relay.

Sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare led Nigeria’s women’s 4x100m relay team to win bronze.

Commonwealth Games: Amusan Wins Gold As Nigeria’s Medals Tally Hits 18

Team Nigeria have increased its medals tally at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast to 18.

Tobi Amusan on Friday struck gold in the women’s 100m hurdles clocking 12.68 Seconds. This increased Nigeria’s medal haul to eight gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

2014 commonwealth Gold medalist, Odunayo Adekuoroye clinched first gold for the country in the women’s wrestling freestyle 57kg  after defeating India’s Pooja Dhanda with a 7-5 victory by points.

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Blessing Oborududu also claimed the second gold medal after staging a terrific comeback from a 3-0 deficit to beat Canada’s Danielle Lappage 4-3 in the women’s freestyle 68kg.

Para-athlete Suwaibidu Galadima led from the start to finish to win gold in the men’s the men’s T47 100m final with a time of 11.04s.

Earlier on Friday, Amas Daniel won bronze coming from 4-0 down to equal it at 4-4 against South Africa’s Terry Van Rensburg, winning bronze in men’s freestyle 65kg.

 

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria’s Ogunlewe, Adegoke Through To 100m Final

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria’s Ogunlewe, Adegoke Through To 100m Final

 

Team Nigeria sprinters, Seye Ogunlewe and Enoch Adegoke, are through to the final of the 100 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Adegoke won his semi-final race in a time of 10.24 seconds while Ogunlewe clocked a season’s best of 10.20 seconds to place third in the third semi-final on Sunday.

The 100 metres final, which take place on Monday, will feature Jamaica’s Yohan Blake and Kemar Hyman of the Cayman Islands.

Others are Adam Gemili of the Great Britain, the South African duo of Akani Simbene and Henricho Bruintjies, as well as Jason Rogers of St. Kits and Nevis.

Blessing Okagbare Set To Make New Records At Commonwealth Games

Blessing Okagbare’s quest to successfully defend her Commonwealth Games 100 and 200 metres sprint titles and make new records will be boosted by her new African record over the longer distance.

Last month, the Nigerian shattered compatriot Mary Onyali’s 22-year-old mark of 22.07secs when she ran 22.04secs in Texas, the fastest time in the world this year.

It could provide a psychological edge for Okagbare, who is coming off an injury-hit 2017 and will face Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica in the 200m in Gold Coast.

Onyali set the African record in Zurich in 1996, and the closest anyone had came to breaking it was when Marie Ta-Lou of the Ivory Coast ran 22.08secs in 2017.

Onyali said she was delighted it was her “daughter and sister” Okagbare who lowered her record.

“This will put her in the right frame of mind for the Commonwealth Games,” Onyali said. “She has been knocking for some years now and finally she has got it.

“For some time now she has not been in her right element, especially at the last world championships. But she went back, trained very hard and we can see the result of her perseverance.”

Okagbare has for many years now been Nigeria’s biggest medal hope at major athletics competitions, and winning the sprint double in Glasgow four years ago was a career highlight.

At the last Commonwealth Games, she won the 100m in a Games-record 10.85, and the 200m in 22.25. She also helped Nigeria win silver in the 4x100m relay with a time of 42.92.

Okagbare has an Olympic bronze in the long jump from Beijing 2008 and took 200m bronze at the 2013 world championships.

She has often struggled with her start, especially in the 100m, but if she gets that right, she should be among the medals.

The sprinter, who is married to a former Nigeria football star, will be 30 in October and has bounced back this season after her injury problems last year.

AFP

Usain Bolt To Attend Commonwealth Games As Spectator

Usain Bolt
FILE PHOTO Usain Bolt                                                                               Photo Credit: AFP

 

Sprint legend, Usain Bolt, will attend next month’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast to watch the 100-metres final, former Jamaican world champion Yohan Blake has revealed. 

Bolt, 31, who retired from athletics after August’s World Championships in London, has been busy preparing for a tilt at football and has also worked with Australia’s cricketers to boost their running between the wickets.

Blake, one of the track stars at the April 4-15 Games, arrived in Australia on Sunday and told reporters the eight-time Olympic champion and world record holder in the 100m and 200m was “coming to watch the 100m final”.

“(He) was at the track in Jamaica before I left. He said, ‘When I come to Australia if you don’t win there is going to be problems’,” Blake told Brisbane’s Courier Mail late Sunday.

“I don’t have a Commonwealth medal. It’s very important for me to have one in my trophy case. Usain Bolt has left his legacy for us to carry on and that’s what we want to do,” said Blake of his fellow Jamaican.

Blake, 28, the second-fastest man of all time, missed the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games due to injury.

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AFN Picks 37 Athletes to Represent Nigeria At Commonwealth Games

 

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has released its team of 37 athletes set to represent the country at the Commonwealth Games.

The Commonwealth Games will hold From April the 4th to 15th in Gold Coast, Australia.

Topping the list of athletes selected is Glasgow 2014 defending champion in the women’s 100m/200m, Oluwatobiloba Amusan who will competes in the hurdles. Also on the list is Doreen Amata who will compete in High Jump.

Winners in several events at the recently-held Commonwealth Games trials in Abuja.

 

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Blessing Okagbare (100/200m)

Oluwatobiloba Amusan (100m Hurdles)

Enoch Adegoke (100m)

Emmanuel Arowolo (200m)

Emmanuel Bamidele (400m)

Oyeniyi Abejoye (110m Hurdles)

Patience Okon-George (400m),

Queen Obisesan (Hammer throw)

Fadekemi Olude (20km Walk race)

Blessing Ibrahim (Triple Jump)

Samuel Adams (Javelin)

Precious Okoronkwo (Long Jump)

Isoken Igbinosun (100m/200m)

Eke Kalu Onwuka (Shot put)

Grace Ayemoba (100m Hurdles)

Glory Nathaniel (400m Hurdles)

Henry Okorie (400m Hurdles).

Doreen Amata (high jump)

Kelechi nwanaga (javelin)

Ogho-Oghene Egwero (100m)

Yinka Ajayi (400m)

Praise Idamadudu (200m)

Orukpe Erayokan (400m)

Samson Nathaniel (400m)

Regina George (400m)

Chidi Okezie (400m)

Jennifer Madu (100m)

Stephen Mozia (Shot put)

Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (Shot put)

Rita Ossai

Rosemary Chukwuma

Joy Udo-Gabriel

Idjesa Uruemu

Isah Salihu

Kemi Francis

Usheoritse Itsekiri

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria To Face Australia, Others In Basketball Event

Nigeria’s D’Tigers have been grouped alongside Australia, New Zealand and Canada in the basketball event of the XXI Commonwealth Games, tagged Gold Coast 2018.

Ranked number one in Africa and 32nd in the world, Nigeria is still the lowest ranking team in their group.

Host country, Australia who finished 4th at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is ranked 10th in the world. Making their debut at the Commonwealth, Canada is ranked 25th in the world and have participated in nine Olympic games and won a silver medal at the 1936 Games in Berlin.

New Zealand will be taking part in their 21st Commonwealth Games, having competed at every games since their inception in 1930 which has seen many people dubbing it as the ‘Group of Death’.

With the fixtures, the D’Tigers will start their campaign against New Zealand on Friday 6th April 2018 before facing Canada, a day later. On Monday, 10th of April, it will be a fierce battle against the host.

The top 2 teams in group A will proceed to the semifinals stage while the bottom 2 teams from group A will play the top 2 teams from pool B in the qualifying finals with the 3rd A vs 2nd B and 4th A vs 1st B.

The order of the games will be determined during the competition.

The Nigerian team has been in camp since Friday, January 5, 2018 in Lagos.

Birmingham Set To Host 2022 Commonwealth Games

Birmingham is set to be announced as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban was stripped of the event in March, according to reports Wednesday.

The Games were originally awarded to Durban in 2015 but the South African city had the event taken away for financial reasons.

That led to a shortened bidding contest that came down to a race for British government funding between Birmingham and Liverpool, which was won by the central English city in September.

Despite being the only city to submit a bid by the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) deadline of the end of September, Birmingham has had to wait nearly three months to have its victory confirmed.

AFP

Bolt Rules Out 2018 Commonwealth Games Appearance

Bolt Rules Out 2018 Commonwealth Games AppearanceJamaican sprint great, Usain Bolt, has no plans to extend his career beyond the 2017 World Championships in London and has ruled out a return to Australia for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The 30 year old will lead an international team of “All Stars” in the Nitro Athletics series against four other teams representing England, China, New Zealand and Japan.

The first meeting is on February 4, with the other races on February 9 and 11.

“It is going to be something different, not going to be normal and a lot more exciting. I feel personally, it is a great idea. This is why I am a part of it.” Bolt said.

Segun Toriola Relishes Seventh Olympic Games Appearance

Segun Toriola, Olympic GamesWhen the Rio 2016 Olympic Games kicks off on August 5, Segun Toriola will put his name in the annals of Olympic history as the first African to compete at seven Olympic Games.

When Segun Toriola made his debut at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games in Spain, he just wanted to fulfill his childhood dream of competing at the world’s biggest sporting event.

“I feel very great about my seventh Olympic Games because it is a record for me, Nigeria and for the continent of Africa.

“At the beginning of my career, I didn’t know that I’m going to play in seven Olympics but here I am heading to Rio and I am super excited for this feat,” he said.

Toriola, who is yet to get a national honour for his feat as the most successful table tennis player in Africa is focusing on doing well a Rio Olympic Games.

In his three decades’ career, Toriola has recorded some important achievements and this are;

* 4 African Table Tennis Singles Championships (1998, 2002, 2004, 2006) and 2 Doubles Championships (1994, 1992)

* A Commonwealth Singles Championship (2002) in Manchester (United Kingdom)

* A Commonwealth Doubles Championship and Singles Bronze Medal (2006) in Melbourne (Australia)

* 4 African Games Singles Gold Medals (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007),

* 4 Doubles Gold Medals (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007),

* 1 Mixed Doubles Gold Medal (1999, with Bose Kaffo; they also won silver in 2003)

* 3 Team Gold Medals (1995, 1999, 2003).

* Olympic Games: Featured in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and now 2016 in Brazil.

However, Toriola is optimistic of a good outing in Rio despite the lack of preparation, “‎The team is trying a lot to prepare ourselves because it is very important that we put up a good performance and make the country proud at the Olympics.

“We are preparing ourselves very well and hopefully we will have something to celebrate in Rio.”

On Aruna Quadri, he said: “Aruna Quadri is an experienced player considering what he has achieved as a player. I don’t think that he will be under unnecessary pressure because he is not going to be thinking about the pressure because it is only when an athlete thinks based on his status that the pressure will affect his performance.”

Nigerian Wrestlers On The Verge Of Olympics Qualification

OlympicsAhead of the Olympics, the Nigeria Wrestling team achieved remarkable success by winning ten medals at the just concluded African Wrestling Championships in Alexandra, Egypt, in both female freestyle and male freestyle categories.

The championship which is a prerequisite to the Olympics qualifications scheduled for March 30 to April 4 in Algeria will have Nigerian wrestlers competing in five different weight categories.

In female freestyle, seven-time African champion, Blessing Oborodudu, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth gold medalists, Odunayo Adekuoroye and Aminat Adeniyi won gold medals, while the duo of Rosemary Nweke and Nwoye Ifeoma clinched silver. 2015 All Africa Games silver medallist, Blessing Joy Onyebuchi (75Kg) settled for bronze.

In male freestyle, 2014 Commonwealth Bronze medalist and Captain, Daniel Amas (65Kg) won Nigeria’s only Gold in the male freestyle after humiliating Abdelhamid Aly (Egypt) by 13-2 points, while 2014 Commonwealth silver medalist, Ebikewenimo Welson bowed in the final to Senegalese Adama Diatta, settling for silver whilst Melvin Bibo (74Kg) Soso Tamara (97Kg) also won Bronze.

Gold medalist at the 2015 All Africa Games, Mercy Genesis was defeated by Senegalese wrestler Isabelle Sambou in the round one, Egyptian Mona Elsayed EL Basyo in the fifth round before overpowering Algeria’s Kheira-Chaimaa Yahiaoui in round 3 by 8-0.